Monday, November 23, 2020

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On our second field trip as Senior Honors English Seminar students, we began at the Freedman’s Cemetery, established in 1861 as a resting place for African American slaves who died shortly after the Civil War. The Seminar teacher Ms. Sheryl Row introduced us to our guide for the day, her long time friend Donald Payton. After introductions Payton asked us,...
On Wednesday and Thursday of the past week, February, 23 - 24, 2011, students from Mrs. Mary Beth Farrell’s and Dr. Michael Degen’s Junior AP Literature classes participated in a unique reflection activity about their required reading material, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. This synthesis activity is known as a News Conference, where about half of the...
Starting off the 2011-2012 year guns blazin’, the senior Honors English Seminar class recently finished the book Where Men Win Glory by the author Jon Krakauer. The book details the life of Pat Tillman, an ex-NFL Arizona Cardinal, who traded a life of fame and fortune to become an Army Ranger. Pat was inspired to join the military following...
In conjunction with reading the Swedish novelist Henning Mankell, the Honors English Seminar class visited the Jack Evans Police Headquarters on Lamar St. near downtown Dallas. Built in 2003, the new police headquarters houses 3,600 Dallas police officers who make up the 9th largest Police Department in the United States. Our tour began in the Chief of Police’s office and...
The senior class of 2014 is the first ever to experience the new options to the English curriculum where they can choose their own path for second semester Senior English. This year, the Senior English classes will still be labeled English 4; however, for their second semester, seniors will choose from four classes that focus on different types of...
For some it was tragic and for others it was comedic, but all in all, after the Shakespearean Insult Battles ended, everyone acquired the new skill of being able to throw out some timeless Shakespearean insults. Because Mr. Austin Ryan, an English teacher and assistant Rugby coach, was in charge of the Shakespeare March Madness, only his classes participated. Set up...
How do you make a book that seems boring and uninteresting enjoyable and fun to read? Humor-filled satire videos, of course! Last Monday, February 8th, juniors presented comical adaptations of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in front of their peers. Juniors created short film parodies of scenes in the novel, adding a new layer of satire to Chaucer’s already satirical stories. Junior English teacher Mrs....
 Slicing through the convict’s shackles, Pip, a young orphan, aids in freeing a captured criminal. Last Tuesday, September 8th, juniors preformed Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations in front of their peers. Juniors reenacted scenes from the novel, highlighting main character Pip’s adventurous life. English teacher Mr. Patterson “thought it would be cool to have juniors act scenes out in the classroom” and trying...

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